Spiders

Spiders of the Pacific Northwest

Spiders can infest a home without any warning. They can sneak into the smallest of areas, lay their eggs, and before you know it, you have a spider problem. Spiders are one of the most-feared pests in the home. There are more phobias about spiders than any other pest, and understandably so. We understand how important it is that you feel safe and comfortable in your own home. Altus Pest Control has been eradicating spiders from homes and businesses for over 25 years. Our pest control specialists have the experience and knowledge to deal with your spider problem, no matter how bad it is.

Spiders in Eastern Oregon - What You Should Know

Trying to rid yourself of arachnids can be a tricky situation. Spiders feed upon other insects, so if they’re presenting themselves in large numbers it’s most likely because they’ve found a plentiful food source. Likewise, during chillier months, they will seek shelter in warm places. This is why you will often find spiders spinning webs by light sources, by plants that collect sunlight, and on window frames. Many homes in the Pacific Northwest have crawlspaces and attics, which are both places that common house spiders can lay egg sacs, which come springtime, will reintroduce sometimes hundreds of new spiders with each egg sac.

Though you might be brave enough to squish a few with a paper towel or handy shoe, an infestation of spiders can be serious. At Altus, we will fully inspect your home for any possible points of entry for spiders, as well as evidence of other pest activity. After the source of your problem areas have been identified, your technician will point out other potential areas spiders typically live and will offer steps you can take to reduce future infestations. Your technician will create a customized spider treatment plan for year-round protection, using the most effective and environmentally-conscious spider control solutions.

Other Common Spiders Found in Oregon are:

Spider Inspection & Treatment

Trying to rid yourself of arachnids can be a tricky situation. Spiders feed upon other insects, so if they’re presenting themselves in large numbers it’s most likely because they’ve found a plentiful food source. Likewise, during chillier months, they will seek shelter in warm places. This is why you will often find spiders spinning webs by light sources, by plants that collect sunlight, and on window frames. Many homes in the Pacific Northwest have crawlspaces and attics, which are both places that common house spiders can lay egg sacs, which come springtime, will reintroduce sometimes hundreds of new spiders with each egg sac.

Though you might be brave enough to squish a few with a paper towel or handy shoe, an infestation of spiders can be serious. At Altus, we will fully inspect your home for any possible points of entry for spiders, as well as evidence of other pest activity. After the source of your problem areas have been identified, your technician will point out other potential areas spiders typically live and will offer steps you can take to reduce future infestations. Your technician will create a customized spider treatment plan for year-round protection, using the most effective and environmentally-conscious spider control solutions.

If You’ve Been Bitten by A Spider

We’ve all heard the myth that spiders like to bite people when they’re asleep. The truth is, spiders rarely bite. Although most spiders have venom and fangs, most are not large enough to inflict any serious harm to humans. Most spiders are more interested in attacking bugs than they are humans, but there is still the occasion where someone might accidentally touch a spider, making it feel threatened. Spiders will bite to protect themselves.

For health purposes, spider bites can be classified into two primary categories: poisonous spider bites and non-poisonous spider bites.

Poisonous Spider Bites

The two poisonous spiders that live in the United States are the black widow spider and brown recluse [s4] spider. Black widow spider bites tend to cause pain and cramping that usually start near the bite and spread throughout the body. Other black widow spider bite symptoms include nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal cramping, chills, fever and headache.

A brown recluse bite may seem asymptomatic at first. However, the affected area usually becomes sore within 8 hours, and in some cases, the center of the bite swells, darkens, blisters and turns into an open sore over a week or so. Other symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include nausea, fever, chills and rash.

Go immediately to the nearest emergency room if you suspect the bite is due to a black widow or brown recluse spider.

If you’re experiencing the burden of spiders, or any other pest infestation, don’t hesitate to call Altus Pest Control. We’re here to serve all your pest control needs, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have! Call us today.

Non-Poisonous Spider Bites

Unless you see the spider, it may be a few hours before you notice that some creature bit you. Eventually, you’ll notice some swelling and a dark-pink welt. You may also notice that the area starts to blister or becomes painful.

Most spider bites won’t cause any serious health problems. However, it’s important to pay attention to symptoms and seek medical care as needed. When in doubt, consult your doctor.

If a spider bite does cause a reaction, these are the most common symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Itching or rash

If a local reaction continues to get worse for more than 24 hours, it may be time to seek medical attention. Look for redness spreading away from the bite, drainage from the bite, increase in pain, numbness/tingling, or a discoloration around the bite that looks like a halo or bull’s-eye. In very rare cases, there have been reports of spider bites (by spiders considered otherwise harmless) causing allergic reactions – including anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition (much like may result from the sting of a bee, or wasp in a highly allergic person).

Seek medical attention for any severe spider bite symptoms or if they continue to worsen for more than 24 hours.

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